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Boston Poetry Slam Team Schedule Now Available!

The 2014 Boston Poetry Slam Team, clockwise from bottom left: Melissa Newman-Evans, top scorer Janae Johnson, Sean Patrick Mulroy, Omoziele Okoawo, Meaghan Ford. Photo by Marshall Goff.

Wondering where to catch the Boston Poetry Slam Team before they head to Nationals in Oakland? No problem! You can grab their schedule on the team’s bio page, or join the Facebook event if you’d like push notifications for all the details. See you around the NorthBEAST!

Update for Sunday, October 6

It’s a historic day in New England poetry slam, folks… Tonight, we raise our well-worn coffee mugs in a farewell toast to Worcester’s historic slam, The Poets’ Asylum. This long-standing event has been a staple of Wormtown’s Sunday night community and entertainment since 1989, and a beloved space for artists of all ages to cut …

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SlamCenter Recap for the 6/26 4×4 Is Here!

SlamCenter: Poetry slam's only serial sports-style podcast!

Hey, did you miss the big slam at the Cantab this past Wednesday? No problem! SlamCenter, the world’s first slam recap podcast, has got a full recap with all the highlights right here.

SlamCenter Episode 2: BPS Finals

Looking for the latest SlamCenter update? You know, the slam recap podcast, the latest one that’s all about the 2013 Boston Poetry Slam Team Finals? It’s all right here, from chants of ED! to exclusive interviews. Check it out!

Congratulations to the 2013 Boston Poetry Slam Team!

Ed Wilkinson, Omoizele Okoawo, Jade Sylvan, Nora Meiners, and Sean Patrick Mulroy held down the top five scores at the end of the nine-poet, three-round Finals. Excellent! Many thanks to our judges and fabulous audience. (Full recap forthcoming.)

Announcing the World’s First Serial Sporting Slamcast!

It’s an idea whose time has come, folks: a sports-style accounting of the ins, outs, and overtimes of poetry slam strategy. Boston Poetry Slam host Kevin Spak, along with Mill City SlamMaster Zeke Russell, bring you the on- and off-stage stories of all the biggest slams in town in the inaugural episode of SlamCenter.

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Jack McCarthy Memorial: POSTPONED

For those planning to attend the memorial for Jack McCarthy this weekend, please note that it has been postponed to SUNDAY at a slightly later hour.

From Jack’s website: “The Northeast memorial will take place on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Follen Unitarian Church in Lexington, Massachusetts at 3PM. The service will be …

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Cantab Lounge Bids a Sad Goodbye to Bartender Judy Griffin: 1939-2013

Judy Griffin behind the bar around 2007. (Judy's shirt is from the 1999 National Poetry Slam.) Photo by Caroline Harvey.

With a heavy heart, the Cantab community is sad to share that the Boston Poetry Slam’s beloved bartender, Judy Griffin, passed away on Tuesday, January 29. Judy served as bartender from the second year of the slam’s twenty-years-and-counting tenure at the Cantab Lounge, dispensing complementary drinks, on-point heckling, congratulations on a win, or no-nonsense advice, …

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A Farewell to a Cantab Favorite: Jack McCarthy

The late Jack McCarthy performing at his last Cantab feature on June 15, 2011. Photo by Richard Beaubien.

As many of you know by now, nationwide-beloved poet, performer, and storyteller Jack McCarthy passed away on Thursday, January 17. Jack was a member of the 1996 Boston Poetry Slam Team and a weekly fixture of the Cantab’s open mic for almost twenty years before relocating to the pacific northwest.

Friends and fans are invited …

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Meet the 2012 Boston Poetry Slam Team

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The 2012 Boston Poetry Slam Team is Kemi Alabi, Antonia Lassar, Omoizele Okoawo, Mckendy Fils-Aimé, and Melissa Newman-Evans!